Are Italy and Greece at risk of being added to the quarantine list? New Covid cases take them into 'red zone'

ITALY and Greece are now in the "high risk" zone regarding quarantine restrictions, which would result in them being removed from the air corridor list.

Poland is also in the red zone, also putting them at risk of quarantine restrictions.

Countries are at risk of being placed onto the UK's quarantine list if they report more than 20 new daily cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people, over a seven-day period.

France, Spain, mainland Portugal and Malta have all been added in recent weeks, and are unlikely to be removed any time soon unless they new cases drastically fall.

A number of Greek islands are already on the quarantine list for England and Wales – Mykonos, Zante, Crete and Santorini included – while the whole of Greece is on the quarantine list for Scotland.

Italy's new cases have hit 20.1 while Greece's have hit 20.5. Poland is at 24.4.

The countries will need to go below 20 again to be less of a risk of facing quarantine restrictions.


PC Agency's Paul Charles said it was "not looking too positive" for Italy remaining on the travel corridor list, if cases fail to improve.

However he also added that Italy and Greece, while in the high risk area, have low positive test rates, something the UK government also consider when adding countries to the quarantine list.

Italy is one of the few destinations still open to Brits without any travel restrictions such as quarantine rules or negative Covid tests before arrival.

Only some of the islands have rules in place – Sardinia requires incoming arrivals to register before travelling.

Where can I go on holiday without quarantine or travel restrictions

There are just eight destinations still open to Brits where you won't have to quarantine or take a coronavirus test to enter.

  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • San Marino
  • Sweden
  • Turkey

What if I have a holiday booked?

If you currently have flights or a holiday booked, it will remain unaffected until the changes are announced.

Even if you no longer want to travel, it is unlikely you will be able to get a refund as the country has not been placed on the UK's travel advisory list.

Some airlines are letting passengers move their flights for free, so it is worth getting in touch if you no longer want to travel.

If either country does eventually go on the quarantine list, tour operators and airlines will most likely cancel holidays.

You will then be entitled to a full refund, or be able to move your holiday plans to a later date.

Here are the remaining destinations you can still visit without any travel restrictions – there are just eight countries still open to Brits.

If you don't mind getting a negative coronavirus test before travelling, there are 12 locations where you can still go on holiday.

We've explained everything you need to know about getting a negative test before travelling, from how to get one to how much they cost.

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